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I am a 42 year old woman that is about as happy and content as one person can be. My husband of 21 years and our 15 year old daughter live on five and a half acres out in the country. We moved from the city four years ago and never looked back. I homeschool our daughter. We also love our animals. Our daughter has a miniature horse and two rabbits. We also have a border collie, two cats (again), two pot belly pigs, four peafowl, three emus, 2 llamas and an undetermined number of chickens, lets just say ohhh about 200. I have many breeds, from layers to fancy chickens. I love poultry shows, I love fowl in general as I have come to find out through having more than just chickens. Chickens will always be my first love though. I do show some of my birds occasionally.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Coopers Hawk, Or Any Raptor

Well thats a fine how do ya do. I looked up Coopers Hawk online and in my bird book. It seems Linda was right on the money about the type of hawk.

After reading up on things I see that it is illegal to kill any raptor species at all. That applies to every raptor in the United States. So as far as I could read, it is not endangered, but it is protected, everywhere.

I haven't seen it come back. That is good, for both of us.

As I said, once a predator finds a food source, it keeps coming back.

I am not going to say I would shoot it. I am not going to say I wouldn't.

I am going to say that IF I ever did such a thing...

the three S's would apply.

You learn this rule in the country.

Shoot, Shovel, and Shut Up.

So, with that said, that is all I am gonna say about that.


Alrighty then, I am off to heat leftovers, finish the school planner for the next two weeks, make out study sheets and test sheets and finish up laundry. Everybody have you a great evening and I will see ya in the morning.

PS. For those that couldnt see the video, I was trying to load it to UnCut Video, but it just wouldnt take it.

How do I compress my MOV to an MPEG? Anyone know?

I hope I have not offended anyone with my views on killing predators. I used to have a very soft heart. Living where people constantly dump animals and where there are many hungry wild animals, it is a constant battlefield.

I do have a little business with my hobby, I do make money at it. Especially when I am selling chicks in the Spring and Summer. I sell eggs all year long.

So in order to have this sometimes a person has to do what a person has to do. This is not the first time I have had to deal with predators and I am sure wont be the last.

If you want livestock, any kind of livestock, you have to be ready to do what it takes. Cattle Farmers kill coyote year round around here. Calves wouldnt stand a chance without the farmer and his gun. That goes for stray dogs too.

Back when we had stray dogs everywhere, before we had a fence...and even then, the fence didnt stop the fox I had come and snatch my silkies and my frizzles, every one of them, I had the animal control out here constantly picking up dogs that had torn into my pens.

I was informed that if any dog, whether it be someones dog, or a stray was harrassing, maiming, killing,eating, livestock the owner was right and justified in killing that animal. No owner could do a thing about it. That is the law.

Where wild predators are concerned the lines are not so clearly drawn, but around here nobody seen a thing, if you know what I mean.

Country folks got to look out for country folks...and their livestock. Just the way it is.

Alright, this was kind of a dark entry...so I will be on my way.

1 comment:

wwfbison said...

I knew it was illegal to kill a hawk here in PA but I didn't know it was country wide.  You know I don't like to see anything killed but I understand it and believe me, after seeing our chickens after an owl or a hawk got them.....it wouldn't have taken much for me to want them, well, not around anymore.